Sports tournament help civil servants keep fit

The Fiji Times:

Sunday, 19 October 2014

THE Ministry of Youth and Sports has initiated a wellness program to be implemented in the civil service next year.

This was revealed by the Commissioner North Alipate Bolalevu while opening the Fiji Nurses Association sports tournament in Labasa where he said the idea had been supported by the Public Service Commission and endorsed by Cabinet.

Bolalevu also commended FNA branch members for hosting the annual tournament in the past 33 years.

He said the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, had started promoting healthy lifestyles among Fijians by encouraging people to live actively by playing regular sports to reduce the onslaught of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

"In September 2011, the 42nd Pacific Island Forum held in New Zealand declared NCD as a crisis in the Pacific and called on governments to act quickly and decisively to address the crisis through a governmental and societal approach," he said.

"By living an active lifestyle we control the rise of NCDs and also help to reduce national health bills.

"Government has therefore endorsed the celebration of a national sports day in the public service."

Bolalevu said that such sporting tournaments were aimed at enabling civil servants in Fiji to understand the benefits of participating in sporting activities.

Members of the Fiji Nursing Association took to the streets of Labasa in a sea of colours and banners to mark the association's 34th annual sporting tournament yesterday.

Nurses from as far as the Lau Group braved the fiery Labasa sun to be part of the march, singing along as they made their way to the Holy Family Secondary School grounds where the sporting event was held.

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